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Steve Sether
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What? Steve Balmer might actually do some good in the world?

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I'm always a bit shocked when people complain about "high tax rates" in the US. It's hard to compare taxes in countries because there's many ways to tax people. This is an attempt to compare tax rates across the developed world.

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After the election, and the large proliferation of fake news and nutty conspiracy theories became apparent to anyone paying attention, I realized that I had never even had an inkling that the Internet would result in this.

I saw mp3s coming, I saw online news coming as far back as the 80s, so I sort of thought of myself as someone that sees things before they happen. This took me by utter surprise, and it's very real.

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The essence of what is Trump:

Trump has learned a couple of things since the start of his Presidential campaign, in 2015. The first is that the media, especially the broadcast media, has an insatiable desire for “news breaks,” even fake ones, and thus is easy to manipulate. The second is that he can say virtually anything, however false or outrageous, without suffering any political consequences with his base. He can call a female journalist a “bimbo,” insult a political opponent’s wife, make bogus accusations of widespread voter fraud, say Obama founded isis, claim he won a bigger majority in the Electoral College than any President since Reagan—and none of it alienates his core supporters. Arguably, these outbursts make them like him more.



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Interesting article about a classic megalo-maniac, and the personality cult that surrounds her.

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There's something weird about protesting a version upgrade. Not because it's unjustified, but because it sounds like something out of Neuromancer.

There's a growing problem with employers creating this class of workers that are technically and legally independent contractors, but effectively employees. Worse is that people are only managed by a set of metrics applied to them. Anyone that knows anything about metrics knows they're limited in what they can actually measure.

I'm equally glad to see that Ueber is starting to have some labor problems. 

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Finally someone willing to stand up against the neo-facism of "safe spaces" and "trigger warnings".


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A fascinating irrational behavior. It's the first study I've read that tries to get at the whole fear culture we have in America. Something that's driven me batty for about 20 years.

The most interesting part is perhaps the comments by the researchers. They must live in a bubble of super-rationality to think that MOTHERS would be the most rational about estimating risk, instead of the least.

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Many people's response to the NSA spying was that if you don't have anything to hide, you needn't worry. Well here's an example of a guy the NSA targeted who didn't have anything to hide, but yet became a target of police harassment. His passport was cancelled, his house was raided, etc.

Thanks NSA.

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Donald Trump has now graduated to full-fledged paranoid delusional disorder.
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